Given how much everyone loved Mirror edge, and how much publishers love competitive multiplayer games with the potential for customizable skins, maybe it’s time for a professional tag spin-off.
A video of the World Hunting Beacon championships toured online. If you haven’t seen it, this is kind of what it sounds like: the world championships for people who literally fly around a small course, seeing who can grab or dodge the other for 20 seconds.
The course is filled with little nooks, crannies, platforms and objects that look like they were designed by a parkour master. When the sound sounds, the hunter will literally jump at their opponent, usually bouncing off them in as straight a line as they can.
When they get closer, their opponent usually dodges once they’ve engaged in a particular direction. In some cases this is not a viable option so there is a bit of dodging and weaving as the runner’s balance shifts back and forth to change direction.
I promise, watch the video below. It’s wild.
Professional etiquette is the next level ????????
– Erin Ashley Simon (@erinasimon) June 7, 2021
The final World Chase Tag final took place in 2019, although everyone’s strategy of waiting at the start didn’t make the viewing particularly appealing. Better Highlight Stream is courtesy of the Best Chase competition, which is essentially the equivalent of classic pro tag captures.
A huge amount of energy comes from physical movement, shifting weight, maintaining balance, dodging and weaving. I’m not sure exactly how you would translate this into the language of a modern video game controller or controls. But if you’re a developer looking for a challenge, tagging might be a good idea. And hey, it doesn’t have to be entirely modeled on actual business etiquette. Maybe it’s dragons or aliens or some sort of Bowl of blood type of situation?